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Norway election shunts aid, poor, unemployed to side. Politicians and voters are paying little attention to certain groups of people in the march towards polling day, researchers have found. The previous four general elections have seen most interest in education, health, and elderly care, but so-called social differences end up in the shade. Just three per cent of voters at the last election (2009) in rich oil nation Norway cared about employment issues.

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Norway election shunts aid, poor, unemployed to side

Published on Tuesday, 13th August, 2013 at 17:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Politicians and voters are paying little attention to certain groups of people in the march towards polling day, researchers have found.

Norwegian Parliament building
Norwegian Parliament building
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The previous four general elections have seen most interest in education, health, and elderly care, but so-called social differences end up in the shade.

Just three per cent of voters at the last election (2009) in rich oil nation Norway cared about employment issues.

Figures from state number cruncher the SSB (Statistics Norway) show September’s seasonally adjusted rate of unemployment for persons aged 16-74 was 3.6 per cent in 2001.

It was 4.5 per cent and 3.2 per cent in 2005 and 2009, respectively. The most recent SSB figures available at time of publishing were for May 2013, where this rate was 3.4 per cent.

Former Labour Party (Ap) MP Thorbjørn Berntsen called voters’ seemed low care about poverty “a paradox”.

“They can be concerned about poverty, but if it doesn’t affect them directly, other cases can overshadow this and be termed decisive and important in the election campaign,” he told Vårt Land.

“It can be a positive sign in a society if poverty and unemployment are way down on the priority list,” said Peace Research Institute Oslo’s (PRIO) Henrik Syse, talking about voters’ choices of matters of present or near-future concern

“It’s a negative one, however, if one fails to absorb that these are perhaps the biggest questions in a global perspective. We live in a Europe in a world where there are numerous challenges related to poverty and unemployment,” he added.

Interest in foreign aid issues was rather lacking in the politicians’ hunt for votes, and so small regarding poverty abroad that it was almost unclassifiable, according to election researcher Bernt Aardal at the University of Oslo.

He also remarked that “property construction, equality, and alcohol policy are at the very edge of Norwegian voters' field of interest.”

Vårt Land reports concern about EU membership and immigration is relatively low too, as is the environment, except for in 2012.



Published on Tuesday, 13th August, 2013 at 17:07 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

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